Never forget that each day that we are alive things will go right and things will go wrong. Things may even go horribly wrong. Sometimes life is hard, but so what! That is when you need the inspiration to push forward. No matter how hard life is, you still have to live it. Find a source of inspiration even when things are hard.
Hard times come and go. The problem is that hard times feel like they are going to last forever! It is like when you go for a massage or are watching a great movie. During those pleasurable things, time seems to speed up. The hour-long massage feels wonderful but like it was only 30 minutes. The great movie seems to be over in the blink of an eye. But, hard things like waiting to hear about the condition of a loved one who has been hurt or meetings to discuss business problems seem to last forever. During the bad times, the bad experience seems to last three or four times as long as the clock says has passed.
During the hard times, you must constantly remind yourself that time is continuing to pass. You must remind yourself that an hour is still just 60 minutes long. When you are going through hard times, pay attention to the hard times so that you can do what you need to do to get through to the next thing you will experience. At the same time, you must look at your big picture. Only you know what your big picture is and that it is not the current problem or difficulty. When you keep the big picture present in your mind it provides the encouragement, inspiration, and motivation that you need to push forward towards success.
Two of my children had the same kindergarten teacher. One of the first things she taught her students each year is the need to show themselves good friendship. This is an incredible lesson to learn as a child. People who show themselves good friendship are people who can inspire themselves. There will be times when no one around you believes in you or supports you. During those times, you still need to get things done. You still need to push forward towards the goal line. Learn to inspire yourself so that when times are hard and you have only yourself to lean on, you can push forward and get things done.
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There are some people who are afraid to push forward. There are some people who are unable to get things done unless they have people behind them pushing them forward. These people are at a distinct disadvantage when those they have depended on for support are no longer around or no longer give them support. Take a look at your life. If you are a person who cannot push forward without the support and encouragement of others, take time today to find a way to inspire yourself. This is crucial if you are going to succeed in life.
Hard times come and go, but they always come. Hard times test us, push us, and build us. When you are experiencing hard times find something that inspires you to push forward to overcome the hard times. That is a testimony that will inspire others. We all have an obligation to make the world a better place in our own way. Some people invent cures for cancer. Other people create diplomatic solutions to world problems. Other people simply push forward day after day living their lives with integrity. All of these people are role models. All of these people should be admired and congratulated for the work they do.
It is important to realize that you do not have to be anyone but yourself to inspire others. A few years ago, my daughter was a junior in college was called upon to give a speech at a major event. She was nervous and afraid because it was an awesome responsibility. I was proud of her, of course. I reminded her that she did not have to be Oprah Winfrey or Michelle Obama to inspire the audience. I told her all she had to be was herself and she would rock the crowd. She was herself and she rocked. Afterward, several young women in the crowd told her she encouraged, inspired, and motivated them to continue pushing forward.
Never feel that you have to be someone else to inspire others. Never doubt that you have the power to inspire others with who you are and what you bring to the table. Be your best and give your best to the world. By doing those two things you are an inspiration to all the world. Don’t look down on where you are or your place in the universe. Start each day by reminding yourself that who you are and where you are is enough to inspire others to be great.
Inspiration is not something beyond your ability to provide. Even when times are hard you can inspire yourself to greatness. So the question for you this terrific day is, what inspires you to push forward?
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